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Goalie Talk

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Olaf Kolzig turns 38 the week the playoffs begin, and the longtime Washington Capitals stopper is finally showing his age. Among the 45 goalies who have appeared in at least 20 games this season, Kolzig ranks dead last – 45th – in save percentage, at .884. His 3.07 goals-against average is also near the bottom of the league.

While Kolzig’s stats suffer somewhat due to a still inexperienced defense corps in front of him, the truth is, he’s played far better with far worse bluelines in past years.

more and some Nabokov & Vokoun talk too….

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  Tags: evgeni+nabokov, olaf+kolzig, tomas+vokoun

Sharks Continue To Sputter, And Win

from Eric Gilmore of the Contra Costa Times,

“We’re not satisfied with how we’ve played,” (Doug) Wilson said during the second intermission from the press box high above the ice. “We’re playing on about two-thirds of our cylinders.

“You’ve got to truly be functioning on all cylinders because that’s the difference between the really good teams and the teams that are right below that.”...

Wilson didn’t point fingers. He didn’t have to. The numbers did that for him, fingering Marleau and Cheechoo as the biggest culprits in the team’s scoring dip.

“We haven’t changed our style of play,” Wilson said. “We were second in the conference in goals last year in the Western Conference. And we actually added more offense to the team.

“Maybe it’s because a few of our players haven’t created the offense that they normally do. ... We know that that will come.”

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Why Fight

from Media News at Inside Bay Area,

Jody Shelley often has a hard time explaining what exactly he does for a hockey team. Talking to kids especially can leave him tongue-tied.

“When I visit elementary schools, that’s always the first question — ‘Why do you fight?’” Shelley said. “I’m always like, ‘Well, uh, you shouldn’t fight. Fighting is bad. And don’t you do it. But I fight to help my teammates.’”

Pause.

“You know, it’s not an easy question to answer.”

continued

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Evening Line

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

...while Ron Wilson wanted to get a look at Shelley in practice before saying when he thought he’d be playing, the coach did sound as if he likes the idea of the added toughness in the lineup.

“When teams try to push us around and rough us up, we’ve got some artillery — a nuclear weapon,” Wilson said. “The guy will step out there and we’ve heard nothing but good about Jody being a team player. We’ve seen the damage he can do in the past.”

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Sharks Look To Pick-Up The Pace

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Thornton prefers to take the half-full view of the Sharks, noting that nothing is ever won in January; that Cheechoo was showing signs of life just before the break after a slow start recovering from abdominal surgery. As for Marleau, it is hard to imagine a player who’d averaged more than a point a game in each of the two post-lockout seasons, could have as poor a finish as he did a start to the year.

“I know Patrick and Cheech are going to get going,” said Thornton, who was finally re-united on a line with Cheechoo just before the break.

read on

 

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Sharks Get Shelley From Columbus

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a sixth round pick in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for left wing Jody Shelley, club General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight.

added 10:07pm, via the San Jose Sharks,

“Jody Shelley is an aggressive, physical player who adds a distinct element of toughness to our team,” said (Doug) Wilson.  “With the loss of players like Ryane Clowe and Brad Norton due to injury, this is something we have been trying to address and we like the capabilities that Jody brings to our mix of players.  He has tremendous character, has always been a team player and has the ability to make the opposition uncomfortable on the ice.”

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In the Alberta Deep Freeze

From the Canadian Press,

NHL star Joe Thornton is walking through the freezer that is Alberta without a winter coat.

The San Jose Sharks centre, in Edmonton for an NHL game on Tuesday night, had on gloves and a toque but wore only a sports jacket when he and his teammates went to Rexall Place for the morning skate.

“He was telling everybody that he threw away his winter clothes when he moved to California,” said team media relations manager Tom Holy.

continued… and take note: factoring in wind chill it’s running about -44 (celsius) in Calgary and -51 in Edmonton. 

I really do not miss living in the prairies…  smile

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  Tags: dustin+boyd, jarome+iginla, joe+thornton

Sharks Good But Have Room For Improvement

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

San Jose is among the league’s elite teams at 27-15-2-5, with remarkable team defensive play and Thornton’s usual playmaking brilliance in front of a workhorse goalie enjoying a career year. Yet the Sharks’ offensive struggles and lackluster home record have left even some players feeling that the club with the NHL’s third-best record is somehow underachieving.

‘‘I think we all realize we’re not even close to playing the way we want to,’’ said veteran defenseman Craig Rivet, whose steady play and off-ice leadership have been among the Sharks’ biggest assets. ‘‘We’ve got much more work to do in the next three months or so before the playoffs. We’ve got a lot to get done.’‘

read on

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Nolan Calls His Goal

from the Calgary Herald,

“Top corner, bar and in,” grinned Jarome Iginla, Nolan’s present-day teammate with the Calgary Flames and an NHL rookie at the time. “Yeah, I remember it. It was great. It was nice to see. He was calling his shot. I think Hasek had made some pretty good saves on him before that and he was saying, ‘I’ve got you this time.’ And he did. It was pretty cool. A good way to finish off a hat trick.”

“It was great,” said Nolan. “First of all, it’s an honour just to play in an all-star game. And to be able to score a goal during it and then get a hat trick in front of the home crowd? It’s too hard to explain. It was a great atmosphere when that third goal went in, I honestly thought the roof was coming in. It felt like an earthquake.”

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Morning Line

Sharks coach Ron Wilson via Working the Corners,

“What’s going to happen if you don’t win that game? Now we’re the underachieving team again. Last week we were rated #1 team in hockey . . . It’s all a bunch of …

“Geeze, you win a few games, you lose a few games — it’s part of life in sports. It’s where you are at the end of the year. They don’t hand out awards for where we are today, tomorrow — it’s only at the end of the year and what you do in the playoffs….”

Wilson continues...

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